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How to Get Your Partner to Eat Healthy

Dr. Rachel Vanderbilt of the Relationship Doctor podcast explains why partners aren't always supportive of our efforts to eat healthier -- and what to do about it. 

By
Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
2-minute read
Episode #630
The Quick And Dirty

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Dr. Rachel Vanderbilt is a relationship scientist whose research examines how we communicate in our romantic relationships.  She's also the new host of the Relationship Doctor podcast, where she shares evidence-backed strategies on how to live, love, and communicate with your partner.

In this interview, Rachel and I talk about how our intimate relationships impact our food and nutrition choices -- and vice versa.  

We delve into scenarios that come up in many relationships, such as:

  • You tell your partner that you want to make some changes in your habits in order to lose weight and they tell you that you don’t need to lose weight because you’re perfect the way you are.
  • You tell your partner that you’re trying to cut down on sweets and snacks and it would help you to not keep those foods in the house, but they don’t see why they should have to go without those foods.
  • Your partner wants to overhaul what or how your family eats, but you’re happy with things the way they are.
  • You're worried about your partner's unhealthy eating habits. 

For each of these common situations, Rachel helps us understand what might really be driving our partner's behavior or reactions -- and how to have more productive conversations about food and health with our loved ones.

Check out the Relationship Doctor podcast wherever you listen or right here at quickanddirtytips.com/relationship-doctor.

About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.